Carla Hinton
Features Religion Editor

Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide variety of news, including social services, transportation, minority affairs and Oklahoma City Hall.



Hinton also serves as assistant editor and editor of the local news section for several years, but she is perhaps best known as The Oklahoman's religion editor, a post she has held since June 2002. She has enjoyed learning about the many different world religions in her role as religion editor and doesn't consider it a bad thing when colleagues refer to her as "the church lady."



Career highlights have included meeting renowned evangelist Billy Graham and covering local reaction to the election of a new pope after the death of Pope John Paul II. In her spare time, Hinton enjoys reading suspense novels (ala James Patterson), watching HGTV shows and keeping up with the activities of her two grown sons and (almost grown) daughter


  • Oklahoma artisans show that the job of glassblowing can captivate as an art

    Oklahoma artisans show that the job of...

    By Carla Hinton Staff Writer chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Apr 22, 2016

    The artistic demonstration was one of several offered at the 2016 Festival of the Arts in Oklahoma City.

  • Outdoor industry leader shares story of redemption at Oklahoma City prayer breakfast

    Outdoor industry leader shares story of...

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Apr 20, 2016

    Scott Shultz, president of Robinson Outdoor Products LLC, told his personal story of sin and redemption to a crowd of about 1,500 who attended the 33rd annual CBMC-Oklahoma City Metro Prayer Breakfast at the Cox Convention Center.

  • City, state officials gather for Metro Prayer Breakfast

    BY Carla Hinton | Updated: Tue, Apr 19, 2016

    The 33rd annual CBMC/OKC Metro Prayer Breakfast was held at the Cox Convention Center Tuesday morning. Read updates below from The Oklahoman's Carla Hinton.

  • Pray and play

    Pray and play

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Apr 16, 2016

    Spirtual leaders enjoy opportunity to offer pre-game invocation at Oklahoma City Thunder NBA games

  • Unity Service crowd urged to help build diverse community relationships

    Unity Service crowd urged to help build diverse...

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Apr 16, 2016

    An interracial tag-team recently urged audience members to "Come Together" — for the second annual Oklahoma City Citywide Unity Service.

  • Servants seek support

    Servants seek support

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Apr 16, 2016

    Youth basketball club mixes faith and basketball

  • Do Muslims and Christians worship the same God? Yale scholar says they do

    Do Muslims and Christians worship the same God?...

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Apr 16, 2016

    Lecturer draws large crowd to Oklahoma Christian University

  • Who is the 'we' in 'the God we serve'? Yale scholar takes up Christian-Muslim question

    Who is the \'we\' in \'the God we serve\'? Yale...

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Tue, Apr 12, 2016

    Miroslav Volf, founding director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture, is visiting Oklahoma City as guest lecturer for the McGaw Lectures at Oklahoma  Christian University. OC leaders said the Yale scholar's presentation tonight, April 12, is free but people were required to request tickets for admittance and all of the tickets have been distributed. Obviously, there's widespread interest in Volf's lecture, likely because his presentation is to be based on his 2011 book "Allah: A Christian Response." In it, Volf, Yale's Henry B.

  • Modern marvel: Oklahoma City's St. Patrick Catholic Church, built in 1960s, has held up as architectural gem

    Modern marvel: Oklahoma City\'s St. Patrick...

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com   | Published: Sat, Apr 9, 2016

    When parishioners sit in the sanctuary at Oklahoma City's St. Patrick Catholic Church, they often say they feel surrounded by angels. In the early 1960s, parishioners worked to cast molds for 50 monolithic concrete angels that now enclose the church's courtyard. Oklahoma Alliance for Liturgy and the Arts is hosting a free tour of the award-winning building on Sunday.

  • Couples' night out: Oklahoma City church's "Double Date" events encourage married couples to interact with others

    Couples\' night out: Oklahoma City church\'s...

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Apr 9, 2016

    About 320 married couples participated recently in "Double Date Nite OKC," a program offered at Crossings Community Church in Oklahoma City. The church offered couples an opportunity to bring their children to the church, where the kids could enjoy fun activities while their parents enjoyed an evening out. On the most recent outing, couples were encouraged couples to pair up with others for double dates.

  • Muslim civil rights group celebrates 10 years in Oklahoma

    Muslim civil rights group celebrates 10 years...

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Apr 9, 2016

    During its recent 10th anniversary celebration, Oklahoma Muslim leaders and several from other states heaped praise on the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations for its work defending Muslim civil rights, whether it was needed on behalf of a woman denied employment because of her hajib or to confront a state legislator for making anti-Muslim remarks or to back a plan for a float representing Muslim veterans in a civic Veterans Day parade.

  • Kirk Franklin ready to celebrate with Oklahoma City

    Kirk Franklin ready to celebrate with Oklahoma...

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Thu, Apr 7, 2016

    "For those of you that think gospel music has gone to far. You think we got too radical with our message. Well I got news for you, you ain't heard nothin yet, and if you don't know now you know. Glory, Glory!!" Kirk Franklin in "Stomp" ------------------------------- Grammy Award-winning gospel recording artist Kirk Franklin will bring his unique blend of gospel hip-hop to Oklahoma City on Friday, April 8. Franklin is set to perform at 7:30 p.m. at the new live music venue The Criterion, 500 E Sheridan. The concert is part of Franklin's "Twenty Years in One Night" tour. His most recent album "Losing My Religion" was released in November.

  • Citywide Unity Service designed to get Oklahoma City-area churches to work together

    Citywide Unity Service designed to get Oklahoma...

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Apr 2, 2016

    Individuals and churches across the Oklahoma City metro area are encouraged to step past boundaries of culture and denomination for the second annual Citywide Unity Service, set for April 10 at Southern Nazarene University.

  • With grace and gratitude: Oklahoma City-based gospel singer Sandi Patty launches 'Forever Grateful' tour to say farewell and thanks to fans

    With grace and gratitude: Oklahoma City-based...

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Apr 2, 2016

    It was in July 1986, at the rededication of the Statue of Liberty, Sandi Patty's image was beamed across the country via television airwaves. But it was her voice singing the national anthem that propelled her to superstardom, becoming one of the most popular contemporary Christian singers.These days, Patty, 59, who lives in Oklahoma, is saying goodbye — not so much to her many fans but to the big concert tours that have been an integral part of her career.

  • Oklahoma City presentation features Tibetan bowls used in holistic program that now aid villagers' earthquake recovery

    Oklahoma City presentation features Tibetan...

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Apr 1, 2016

    Mark Peebler, a California-based holistic healing practitioner and speaker, recently brought his healing and charity event called "333 Tibetan Healing Bowls" to Oklahoma City. The event also included the sale of bowls, made by villagers of Gilung, Nepal, to help rebuild their village that was rocked by a 2015 earthquake and aftershocks that hit Nepal.

  • Considering the lilies of Easter

    Considering the lilies of Easter

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Mar 27, 2016

    "The flowers give us the total sensory experience of Easter," said the Rev. Lawrence Stasyszen, abbot of St. Gregory's in Shawnee, Oklahoma.

  • Hip-hop artist to give Easter performance at People's Church NW OKC

    Hip-hop artist to give Easter performance at...

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Sat, Mar 26, 2016

    Hip-hop recording artist Gregory Jerome will be part of the Easter worship experiences at People's Church Northwest Oklahoma City on Sunday. The musician, 37, is known for his socially conscious rap style and dedication to using hip-hop to uplift and educate those around him. He will perform at the 10 and 11:30 a.m. worship experiences at the church, 8512 Northwest Expressway. He recently performed a set with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic as part of its “Discovery Family Series” program on Black History Month. During an interview this week with The Oklahoman, the recording artist said he plans to perform “Glory” a song from his upcoming album, on Sunday. Though he was raised in

  • ‘Baptism’ renews ‘beauty and the best’ of historic Oklahoma City congregation

    ‘Baptism’ renews ‘beauty and the best’ of...

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Mar 25, 2016

    First Christian Church of Oklahoma City (Disciples of Christ) has been renamed Restoration Church at the Dome, a literal connection to its iconic midcentury modern building featuring a large white dome. "I think baptism is the perfect illustration for what is going on. It’s a new creation," said the Rev. Michael Canada, one of the church's co-pastors. "When you’re baptized, the best of you, the heart of you, remains. The beauty and the best stays."

  • Sacred and symbolic: Passover Seders at Christian churches are a growing trend in Oklahoma

    Sacred and symbolic: Passover Seders at...

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Mar 25, 2016

    Numerous churches across the Oklahoma City metro area recently hosted Passover Seder meals. Many of these Seders took place on Maundy Thursday, the Thursday before Easter on which many churches commemorate Jesus’ “last supper” with his disciples, as chronicled in the Gospels. For the second year in a row, First Presbyterian Church of Oklahoma City chose to host a Passover Seder with Abby Jacobson, rabbi of Emanuel Synagogue, leading guests through the traditional Jewish sacred and symbolic meal.

  • Oklahoma Christian University hosts Yale scholar for lecture on Christian response to Muslims

    Oklahoma Christian University  hosts Yale...

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Mar 26, 2016

    A Yale scholar will discuss a timely question in his public lecture set for April 12 at Oklahoma Christian University: Do Christians and Muslims believe in the same God? Miroslav Volf, the Henry B. Wright Professor of Systematic Theology at Yale University and founding director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture, will address the topic as the speaker for OC's McGaw Lecture Series.




Carla Hinton Sun, May. 29 2016 02:26:49 PM CST @TheFoodDood @kosar1969 Yes!
Carla Hinton Sun, May. 29 2016 11:12:44 AM CST @chucktheflack Thank you so much! Lots of great stories out there. It's a privilege to get to tell them.
Carla Hinton Sat, May. 28 2016 11:07:29 PM CST @kosar1969 @TheFoodDood I just told my family the same thing. And I mean it.
Carla Hinton Sat, May. 28 2016 11:00:27 PM CST @James_Stafford @MikeSherman @TheOklahoman Love that one!
Carla Hinton Sat, May. 28 2016 10:41:31 PM CST Thunder should have won just to shut these biased announcers up. ... If for nothing else. #NBAPLAYOFFS
Carla Hinton Sat, May. 28 2016 10:36:42 PM CST Hero ball does not win games.
Carla Hinton Sat, May. 28 2016 10:34:22 PM CST Keep calm and Thunder on ... #NBAPLAYOFFS
Carla Hinton Sat, May. 28 2016 10:28:49 PM CST @cindyevans42 @HotDogOKC I wholeheartedly agree. He cursed up a storm Refs must be deaf.
Carla Hinton Sat, May. 28 2016 10:22:47 PM CST Can you tell my daughter just showed me how to do GIFs? But now she says I know just enough to be dangerous....
Carla Hinton Sat, May. 28 2016 10:19:27 PM CST Draymond Green has got to stop crying and whining to the refs. He should be tired.#NBAPLAYOFFS https://t.co/quHjqvCslB
Carla Hinton Sat, May. 28 2016 10:14:38 PM CST Warriors are getting chippy. Thunder need to remain calm. #NBAPLAYOFFS Close it out Thunder.
Carla Hinton Sat, May. 28 2016 10:12:04 PM CST Do we need to make introductions at this late stage?: Thunder this is Klay Thompson, the other Splash Brother, All Star 3point champion.
Carla Hinton Sat, May. 28 2016 09:09:01 PM CST RT @mkokc: Announcers: Steph is hurt, now he's better, oh he's hurt again, now he's on fire. 👀👀👀👀 #ThunderUp #currysoup
Carla Hinton Sat, May. 28 2016 05:47:53 PM CST RT @PaightenHarkins: Hindus to request religious monument at Capitol if voters change constitution in November https://t.co/5vuHhgvq05 http
Carla Hinton Sat, May. 28 2016 08:55:30 AM CST RT @edstetzer: We don’t know how to struggle with mental illness because the church is not a safe place to struggle. https://t.co/GPKSAwRAGF
Carla Hinton Thu, May. 26 2016 10:55:02 PM CST Thunder will be ready to close out on Saturday. Come with it!#NBAPlayoffs https://t.co/V0AzN0AaQh
Carla Hinton Thu, May. 26 2016 10:47:34 PM CST RT @jadande: Curry to crowd: “We’re not going home. We’re not going home.” (That’s the problem: they’re going to OKC)
Carla Hinton Thu, May. 26 2016 09:55:33 PM CST Close it out Thunder! #NBAPlayoffs
Carla Hinton Thu, May. 26 2016 09:53:43 PM CST OK Adam's is in. What's happening? Too many butter finger turnovers. #NBAPLAYOFFS
Carla Hinton Thu, May. 26 2016 09:52:45 PM CST Adams needs to get back in the game before this gets out of hand. Period. #NBAPLAYOFFS

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